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UK Racing Best Bets & Tips – Friday 10 January 2020

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Neil Morrice brings us all of his best bets and tips for Friday’s racing taking place at Lingfield, Wolverhampton, Huntingdon and Sedgefield

Lingfield Best Bets

Race 1: MARBLE BAY (3)
Trainer: David Evans 
Jockey: Ben Curtis

The tactical speed of MARBLE BAY should stand her in good stead in this first handicap venture. She ran well to a point when not far out of the money here last month, a run that earned her a mark. With a good Jockey on her back and drawn to attack, she can have a big say.

Race 3: STEELRIVER (4) 
Trainer: Michael Herrington 
Jockey: S P Davis

STEELRIVER needs to be delivered late and with Flowers Of Venus likely you set a decent gallop the veteran can swoop to conquer in the final furlong. He’s taking a class drop into this claimed following some near misses. A success would serve to give his confidence a needed boost.

Wolverhampton Best Bets

Race 2: CALL ME MADAM (8)
Trainer: James Bethell 
Jockey: Jane Elliott 

The vast improvement shown by CALL ME MADAM over this trip at Newcastle last month puts her right in the frame for an earning run. She was ignored in the betting but after being in contention throughout was only denied by Bravantina inside the final furlong, giving her much to build on.

Race 3: PIONEERING (3) 
Trainer: Roger Fell 
Jockey: Callum Rodriguez 

As the only confirmed front runner in this seller, PIONEERING could find things falling into his lap off an easy lead. The blinkered 9yo wasn’t beaten far in a Class 5 at Southwell last week. He hasn’t won at this course but all the other boxes are ticked.

Race 6: KNOCKABOUT QUEEN (7) (Nap)
Trainer: Tony Carroll 
Jockey: Franny Norton 

Getting weight from all her foes, KNOCKABOUT QUEEN has a very good chance to open her account for 2020. She looked a tad unfortunate not to score over course and distance last week when meeting interference, and though raised a notch on the class ladder should take plenty of beating as that has brought her to the boil.

Huntingdon Best Bet

Race 4: COPPERFACEJACK (4) (Each Way)
Trainer: Paul Webber 
Jockey: Tom O’Brien 

Having run well in the vanguard for a long way here last month, COPPERFACEJACK will be much fitter for this identical race and can prove hard to peg back. He has a chequered record but is more than capable of causing an upset if in the mood. He’s worked and schooled well in his preparation and can earn a paycheque at a decent price.

Race 7: TIMETOBENEFIT (14) (Each Way) 
Trainer: Richard Phillips 
Jockey: Jack Nailor

With few miles on the clock over the last year, TIMETOBENEFIT takes the eye as a lively outsider for this concluding conditional jockeys’ handicap hurdle. The free going selection shaped encouragingly when fourth at this track in November but now takes a big step down the distance ladder, which can prove key, as he palpably failed to get home on that occasion.

Sedgefield Best Bets

Race 1: TITUS BOLT (1)
Trainer: Iain Jardine 
Jockey: Brian Hughes

Veteran TITUS BOLT hasn’t run often over hurdles in the past year but sets a d3cent standard after two place finishes this season. He was given every chance at Musselburgh last week and although unable to put that race to bed is going to be ripe to deliver now.

Race 3: ROSTELLO (4)
Trainer: Dr Richard Newland 
Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

The consistent ROSTELLO can prove the answer to this maiden hurdle, having shown ability in France when beaten in a photo at Compiegne in November and now representing an outfit that excels with this type of horse.

Race 5: BENECHENKO (4) 
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien 
Jockey: Connor Brace

Having skipped a good opportunity earlier in the week, BENECHENKO can prove hard to beat in this long-distance handicap chase. He’s been far from straightforward to train over the last year but gave every indication when chasing home handicap snip One Style at Hereford that much of his old ability remains.

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